If you were looking for the poster child of the Open hardware movement, you’d probably be looking at Arduino.
Founded in Italy in 2005, it was born out of an academic research project and became open source out of necessity.
The institution in which the project was created was due to close, the founders made it open source to stop the work simply disappearing.
Now the microcontroller platform has been used to create everything from robots to 3D printers, art installations to clothing. The Arduino website now attracts 15 million visitors each month, 600,000 a day.
The whole story, which is both fascinating and inspiring, has been captured in this excellent documentary.
It talks to all the main players in the story, sees some of the applications of the system and charts its rise.
It’s an excellent documentary and well worth a watch.